If you're in the market for a deal on an Apple Certified Refurbished unlocked iPhone 5 complete with a one-year warranty, look no further than the Factory Outlet eBay Store, where deals can be had for as little as $449. AppleInsider reported Tuesday that Apple has once again quietly launched a second "Factory Outlet eBay Store," presumably in an effort to dump "exclusive" limited quantities of refurbished products.
Early last year, a similar eBay storefront popped up offering up to $100 discounts on refurbished iPads, MacBooks and iPods, touting a full one-year warranty and "final quality inspection by Apple" — despite Cupertino's typical branding appearing nowhere on eBay.
Apparently that first effort was a success, because the unbranded Factory Outlet eBay Store has returned, this time stocked with all flavors of iPhone 5 models discounted up to $350 off the retail price.
All models are factory unlocked for GSM networks (AT&T or T-Mobile here in the USA), and the 64GB models in particular were quite a deal at $499 each in white or black. (At this writing, only the 16GB models remain, priced at $449.)
It's unclear why Apple has chosen to remain a silent partner in these eBay endeavors, but presumably the iPhone maker is looking to unload remaining inventory ahead of the rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to debut in September alongside iOS 8.